Sunday, October 2, 2011

Let There Be Oats! (round 2) This time, with oats

So in my ongoing search for a healthy breakfast muffin I've moved onto my second recipe. Although due to a lack of muffin tins (still packed away at my Mom's house) I decided to look for something that would work better baked in a pan. I naturally found a recipe for an oatmeal bar that was made to be baked into a 9x9 square pan (lo and behold my 9x9 pyrex is also packed away at my mothers). Once again I ended up using a circular cake pan (I really need to get my baking life in order, this is getting ridiculous!)

Alright, so to the recipe! I found this one on Kath Eats Real Food blog and from what I've seen I will be on there more often! She has an entire section for a 'tribute to oatmeal' (woman after my own heart).

Basically it is oats, walnuts, dried fruit (of your preference), seeds (of your preference) and cinammon. I added raisins, dates (my fave), as well as some from a mixed bag, it had things like cherries, blueberries, and cranberries. As for the seeds I threw in some flax, sunflower, and pumpkin. I also threw some coconut in but I would definitely add more next time cause I can't really taste it.

Mixin' the dry ingredients
Ready to go in the oven  
Ready to eat

I'm a pretty big fan of these. They are very hearty and natural, not a lot of added anything. I did add some brown sugar as there isn't really any sweetness in these except the dried fruit. I think if I made them again I would cut up some apples and add extra cinnamon only because if you don't have any dried fruit in your bite it is pretty tasteless. Also because I absolutely love oatmeal with apples and cinnamon. Now rest assured if you do have fruit in your bite it is very very tasty.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Damn that's domestic

Finally(!) I got my sewing machine fixed (at the small cost of $100 - ouch!) which means that I finally(!) got to finish the sewing project that I started weeks ago. So as you might remember I said that I went thrifting with my friend Mary I bought a dress (for just $3), a dress that needed some serious alterations. So that is just what I did, I shortened the dress and sleeves, removed the collar and made the neckline different. To be fair, the dress is quite a few sizes too big for me, which you can still tell in the top part.

Well I don't really know if I'll wear it a lot - I mean I do think it is quite cute now but I don't really know how I feel about it altogether. That said, I had fun altering it because if there was no real pattern so it was all about what I wanted to do and no real way to do it (that) wrong.

What do you think?!